Regression Therapy and Past Life Research
Research consists of practice and evidence based approaches. Practice based research uses the results from pre and post therapy questionnaires using large numbers of clients over a range of problems. Evidence based research works with a group of clients with the same problem to demonstrate its effectiveness in that area.
In practice based past life research, Hazel Denning studied the results of eight Regression Therapists and over 1000 clients between 1985 and 1992. The results were measured just after the therapy, after six months, one year, two years and five years. Of the 450 clients who could still be tracked after 5 years; 24% reported the symptoms had completely gone, 23% reported considerable or dramatic improvement, 17% reported noticeable improvement (TanDam, 1990).
Dr. Heather Rivera (2012) worked with 180 clients from a wide range of religious backgrounds and showed that apart from the therapeutic benefits 74% found their life was more meaningful and 80% found death no longer held any fear.
In evidence based past life research Ron Van der Maesen (1999) worked with fifty-four clients who had reoccurring disturbing voices or thoughts. At a six month follow up after the therapy by an external Psychiatrist, 25% found the disturbing voices disappeared, and a further 32% could now cope. Overall 80% had a positive subjective experience and would recommend this therapy for reoccurring problems like these in others.
Ron Van der Maesen (1998) also conducted past life research with Tourettes’s syndrome. This is a disorder characterised with involuntary repetitive behaviours. The current view has been that this is usually a lifelong condition. The work was conducted with 22 clients over the age range of 9 to 52 years old. Of the ten subjects who completed all the therapy and responded to the one-year follow-up questionnaire, 50% reported that their motor tics had for the most part largely disappeared or been greatly reduced in frequency. The same also applied to their vocal tics. Five also reported that they were free of medication, in sharp contrast to the pre-study period.
Returning to practice based past life research, Wambach (Snow,1986) conducted the largest study using 26 regression therapists who had worked with a total of 17,350 clients. Of these 63% reported an improved in a physical symptom, and 40% reported an improved their interpersonal relationships.
Freeman T. B. (1997) Past life and interlife reports of phobic people: Patterns and outcome The Journal of Regression Therapy, Volume XI (1), International Association for Regression Research and Therapies
Snow, C. (1986) Past Life therapy: The experiences of twenty six Therapists The Journal of Regression Therapy, Volume I (2)
Denning, H.(1987) The Restoration of Health Through Hypnosis, Journal of Regression Therapy 2:1 , pp. 524.
Rivera, H. (2012) in The Journal of Regression Therapy, Measuring the Therapeutic Effects of Past Life Regression, International Association for Regression Research and Therapies also see www.plrinstitute.org
Van der Maesen, R. (1998) in The Journal of Regression Therapy, Volume XII (1), Past Life Therapy for Giles De La Tourettes’s Syndrome, International Association for Regression Research and Therapies
Van der Maesen, R. (1999) in The Journal of Regression Therapy, Volume XIII (1), Past Life Therapy for People who Hallucinate Voices, International Association for Regression Research and Therapies